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MANTHATMAKEUP – MY ZONE IS OUT OF THE ZONE

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Seeing him in real life, people may say that the guy is really loud and go on to make baseless assumptions about him. But what Reason Magar truly is is a power house of creativity in the emerging field of makeup. In a world where every other person seems to be a beauty guru, Reason, also known by his Insta handle @manthatmakeup, stands out with his out-of-the-box conceptual work, constantly challenging those of others, and more importantly, himself. In other words, dare we say, he gives us a reason to look at this art form a bit more seriously.

LET’S START WITH SOME BACKGROUND. HOW DID MAKEUP HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE?

Growing up, I’ve always been someone who is all about artistic expression. And when I was in grade 8 and 9, I found a new medium called fashion design. I was so into it that it was pretty much the only thing I thought about 24/7.

Additionally, my uncle and sister are makeup artists themselves, and I was brought up watching them work. Perhaps they kindled the drive in my to try it myself as well. And when I did try it, there was a certain sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. Chasing the same satisfaction, I started doing makeup for events and pageants when I was in the 8th grade. I took up various jobs and projects of the same nature, until the 12th grade when I was noticed and got an offer to work in Kathmandu.

AH, SO YOU’RE NOT ORIGINALLY FROM KATHMANDU.

No, I’m from Butwal actually.

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AND WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING IN THE CAPITAL?

Well, I wasn’t happy with it to be honest. I worked under body that brought me here for around 5 to 6 months, but I wasn’t happy with it. So, I took it upon myself and began freelancing. My friends encouraged me to do so as well because they saw my yearning to be creative. So did my clients.

You see, I love to explore this art form and I’ve found the perfect nook of special effects, of SFX for short. It’s been widely appreciated and it just adds fuel to my fire.

And actually, during last year’s Halloween Party in Jinx Bar over at Thamel, I was asked to do SFX makeup for them. I was there from 6pm to 2 am, making the patrons that lined up from the door to the bar look ghoulish.

It was a huge moment for me as personalities like Anna Sharma loved my work.

“DURING LAST YEAR’S HALLOWEEN PARTY IN JINX BAR OVER AT THAMEL, I WAS ASKED TO DO SFX MAKEUP FOR THEM. I WAS THERE FROM 6PM TO 2 AM, MAKING THE PATRONS THAT LINED UP FROM THE DOOR TO THE BAR LOOK GHOULISH.”

THAT’S 8 HOURS OF WORK! WOULD YOU SAY THAT IT’S THE BEST HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

Actually, I’d have to give it to my work with Dhiraj Magar. He was in all the hype, so when I did makeup for him, I got the same level of exposure.

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AND DIVING INTO YOUR INSTAGRAM, THE ONE WITH COKE CANS STICKING OUT OF YOUR FACE REALLY CAUGHT MY EYE. SO I’M CURIOUS AS TO HOW YOU COME UP WITH THESE IDEAS.

I’m not going to lie, I’m influenced heavily by makeup artists established in the international platform. I follow their work and try to do something in the same vein.

And actually, I’ve been driven to do more things that are all my own ideas, and are not just out of the box but dangerously curious. In one of my recents, I literally set fire to my eyelashes. It’s probably my best work so far, and this is the kind of stuff I want to do, constantly keep pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in this artform, I like a good challenge.

“IN ONE OF MY RECENTS, I LITERALLY SET FIRE TO MY EYELASHES. IT’S PROBABLY MY BEST WORK SO FAR, AND THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFF I WANT TO DO”

ANOTHER THING I MUST ASK IS THAT FASHION AND MAKEUP IS PERCEIVED AS A WOMAN’S FIELD, ESPECIALLY HERE IN NEPAL. WHERE DO YOU FIND YOURSELF HERE?

Me being a guy, the first concern for me was making my family understand. And fortunately, I have been able to make them come to terms with how makeup has no gender. They are on my side now and they’re a huge tower of strength to me. I have them so I couldn’t care any less about the rest of the world.

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THAT’S REALLY SOLID OF YOU. SO HOW HAVE YOU BEEN CLIMBING THE LADDER? YOU’VE JUST BEEN AROUND FOR A YEAR NOW, RIGHT?

That’s right. I’ve been making my way pretty organically I guess. I’ve grown by making connections who have referred me to their celeb connection, and they have referred me over to more celebs. It’s just word of mouth.

COOL COOL. AND HOW ARE YOU SUSTAINING YOURSELF?

In all honesty, art doesn’t pay much. So, I balance my passion projects with commercial projects such as commissioned bridal makeups.

SO YOU MENTIONED THE BURNING EYELASH BEING YOUR BEST WORK. HOW DO YOU GET BETTER THAN THAT?

Well, that’s a secret I can’t reveal. It’s all in the plans but I can’t tell the world about it. That being said, I’d love to work on my abilities. That is why I’m setting my eyes to go study this art in India and eventually work in Bollywood. Achieving these would really make me happy, and I really want to see it through.

INTERVIEWED BY NIRVEEK PPJ SHAH
PHOTOGRAPHED BY GAURAV XHOMPATE SUNUWAR

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